Young woman reviews xrays with dental practitioner in preparation for wisdom teeth extraction.

Wisdom Teeth 

Diagnose and Remove Problem Wisdom Teeth 

Wisdom Teeth Extraction and Surgery in Anchorage

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge between the ages of 16 and 20. While they are valuable when healthy and properly positioned, wisdom teeth often cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they become impacted and trapped beneath the gums.

Dr. Broc Brimhall discusses wisdom teeth extraction

What To Expect for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom tooth extraction is fairly common, routine procedure. However, we only recommend to remove third molars if they are causing pain, infected, or harming the teeth adjacent to them. Here is what you can expect during the procedure:

  • Dental Examination: We look for signs that your wisdom teeth are causing issues with your mouth, such as crowding, partial eruptions, plaque buildup, selling, or cysts.
  • Panoramic X-Ray: We’ll want to get the full picture of what’s happening with your wisdom teeth beneath the gums. A panoramic x-ray gives us the info we need to assess the teeth’s positioning and stage of development.
  • Sedation: We’ll use an oral sedative and local anesthetic to numb the area and keep you relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
  • Recovery: It can a few days to recover after oral surgery. You’ll receive a set of written home care instruction and a prescription-strength pain reliever to keep you comfortable while you heal. You should also stick to a soft diet and avoid irritating foods and beverages.
  • Follow-Up: We’ll need to check on the surgical site to ensure the area healed up nicely and there’s no sign of infection of dry sockets.

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